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Strength attribute symbol.png
18 + 1.5
Agility attribute symbol.png
16 + 1.5
Intelligence primary attribute symbol.png
27 + 3.2
Level Base 1 15 25
Health 200 560 980 1280
H. Regen 0.25 0.79 1.42 1.87
Mana 50 374 902 1286
M. Regen 0.01 1.09 2.88 4.16
Damage 13‒31 40‒58 84‒102 116‒134
Armor -1 1.29 4.29 6.43
Spell Dmg 0% 1.69% 4.49% 6.49%
Att / Sec 0.62 0.72 0.85 0.95
Movement Speed 295
Turn Rate 0.5
Vision Range 1800/800
Attack Range 670
Projectile Speed 1000
Attack Animation 0.75+0.78
Base Attack Time 1.6
Magic resistance 25%
Collision Size 24
Legs 2

Lina the Slayer is a ranged Intelligence hero, adept at destroying enemy heroes quickly by delivering massive bursts of magical damage, making her one of the most effective gankers in the game. She possesses immense damaging capabilities all throughout the game, but is very fragile. Two of her fiery spells are her main source of damage, Dragon Slave sends a wave of fire to burn enemies in her path while Light Strike Array stuns them with a concentrated pillar of solar flame. Each of her spells deals great damage early on and has a low cooldown. Her Fiery Soul bolsters her attack and movement speed every time she casts a spell, which gives her scaling damage for the later game. Laguna Blade, her ultimate, is her ace in the hole. Lina fires off a huge bolt of lightning at a single target, dealing colossal damage. Laguna Blade's damage is staggering in early-mid game, and late game is still enough to destroy frail enemy heroes. Dragon Slave, Light Strike Array, and Laguna Blade are incredible flaming nukes that can incinerate her target instantly, and Fiery Soul allows her to transition into a strong and fast physical attacker. Though her power falls from its peak late game, mana-boosting and damage-increasing items can be purchased to keep herself up.

Bio[edit | edit source]

Lina Lina, the Slayer
Play "Fire makes a fine servant, but a harsh mistress."
Role: Support Support / Carry Carry / Nuker Nuker / Disabler Disabler
Lore: The sibling rivalries between Lina the Slayer, and her younger sister Rylai, the Crystal Maiden, were the stuff of legend in the temperate region where they spent their quarrelsome childhoods together. Lina always had the advantage, however, for while Crystal was guileless and naive, Lina's fiery ardor was tempered by cleverness and conniving. The exasperated parents of these incompatible offspring went through half a dozen homesteads, losing one to fire, the next to ice, before they realized life would be simpler if the children were separated. As the oldest, Lina was sent far south to live with a patient aunt in the blazing Desert of Misrule, a climate that proved more than comfortable for the fiery Slayer. Her arrival made quite an impression on the somnolent locals, and more than one would-be suitor scorched his fingers or went away with singed eyebrows, his advances spurned. Lina is proud and confident, and nothing can dampen her flame.
Voice: Jen Taylor (Responses)

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Dragon Slave
Dragon Slave icon.png
Lina channels the breath of a dragon, sending out a wave of fire that scorches every enemy in its path.
Cast Animation: 0.45+0.53
Cast Range: 800 (Talent 925)
Starting Radius: 275
Travel Distance: 1075 (Talent 1200)
End Radius: 200
Damage: 110/180/250/320
Cooldown symbol.png 8 (Talent 4)
Mana symbol.png 100/115/130/145
In the scorched barren of Misrule, Lina learned to manipulate the fiery breath of the Desert Wyrm as a form of entertainment.


  • Dragon Slave travels at a speed of 1200.
  • Can hit units up to 1275 (Talent 1400) range away (travel distance + end radius).
  • The complete area is shaped like a cone.

Light Strike Array
Does not pierce spell immunity. Play
Light Strike Array icon.png
Target Area
Summons a column of flames that damages and stuns enemies.
Cast Animation: 0.45+0.67/0.43
Cast Range: 625 (Talent 750)
Effect Radius: 225
Effect Delay: 0.5
Damage: 80/120/160/200 (Talent 160/200/240/280)
Stun Duration: 1.6/1.9/2.2/2.5
Cooldown symbol.png 7
Mana symbol.png 100/110/120/130
Debuff Stunned: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Lina's essence allows her to focus the sun's energies, causing air to combust at will.


  • Light Strike Array destroys trees within the affected radius.
  • The visual effects and the sound during the 0.5 second effect delay are only visible and audible to allies.
  • Lina has two different animations for this spell, leading to two possible cast backswing durations.

Fiery Soul
Disabled by Break. Pierces spell immunity.
Fiery Soul icon.png
Grants bonus attack and movement speed each time Lina casts a spell. Stacks with itself. Lasts 10 seconds.
Max Stacks: 3
Move Speed Bonus per Stack: 5%/6%/7%/8% (Talent 9%/10%/11%/12%)
Attack Speed Bonus per Stack: 40/55/70/85 (Talent 80/95/110/125)
Stack Duration: 10
Disabled by Break. Prevents gaining new stacks. Already existing stacks still provide bonus attack and movement speed.
Buff Fiery Soul: Undispellable.
Dancing flames embody Lina's playful nature, bringing out her true blazing self.


  • Using items does not trigger Fiery Soul.
  • Each spell cast refreshes the duration of the whole stack, making it theoretically possible to permanently have max stacks on.
  • At 2 stacks the buff grants 10%/12%/14%/16% (Talent 18%/20%/22%/24%) movement speed and 80/110/140/170 (Talent 160/190/220/250) attack speed.
  • At 3 stacks the buff grants 15%/18%/21%/24% (Talent 27%/30%/33%/36%) movement speed and 120/165/210/255 (Talent 240/285/330/375) attack speed.

Laguna Blade
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Partially pierces spell immunity. Play
Laguna Blade icon.png
Target Unit
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Pure)
Fires off a bolt of lightning at a single enemy unit, dealing massive damage.
Cast Animation: 0.45+0.7
Cast Range: 600 (Talent 725)
Effect Delay: 0.25
Damage: 450/650/850
Cooldown symbol.png 70/60/50
Mana symbol.png 280/420/680
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Changes Laguna Blade's damage type to Pure, and allows it to slice through spell immunity.
Partially pierces spell immunity. Cannot be cast on spell immune enemies. Attempts to damage if target turns spell immune during the delay.
Can be cast on spell immune enemies when upgraded.
Blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon cast. Particles still visually appear.
Debuff Laguna Blade: Undispellable.
The air around Lina becomes so intensely torrid that it scorches a foe that came too close with white-hot lightning.


  • Laguna Blade's damage is delayed by 0.25 seconds, so it can be avoided by turning invulnerable or hidden after cast.

Talents[edit | edit source]

Hero Talents
+40/4% Fiery Soul icon.png Fiery Soul​ Per Stack 25 -4s Dragon Slave icon.png Dragon Slave​ Cooldown
+150 Attack Range 20 +6% Spell Amplification
+125 Cast Range 15 +50 Damage
-30s Respawn Time 10 +80 Light Strike Array icon.png Light Strike Array​ Damage
  • The attack damage is added as bonus attack damage, and therefore does not benefit illusions.
  • The cast range increase also affects the effect range of Dragon Slave icon.png Dragon Slave​.
  • Respawn reductions cannot reduce respawn time below 1 second.

Recommended items[edit | edit source]


  • Magic Stick icon.png Magic Stick is useful since Lina is squishy and has multiple high-cost low-cooldown spells picking up a Magic Stick can increase her early staying power greatly.
  • Boots of Speed icon.png Boots of Speed helps Lina get into position to land her abilities while avoiding danger zones.
  • Bracer icon.png Bracer is a cheap and quick way of patching up Lina's naturally low HP pool.
  • Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle is a common pickup for Lina when playing in the mid lane.


  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots will further improve Lina's positioning as she has below average move speed by default. It will also compliment the natural attack speed she gains from Fiery Soul to improve its effectiveness early on.
  • Arcane Boots icon.png Arcane Boots is a viable alternative, especially for a more support oriented Lina.
  • Blink Dagger icon.png Blink Dagger gives Lina the ability to stay back in safety, then blink in at an opportune moment to cast her Light Strike Array before the enemy can see it coming and evade it.
  • Eul's Scepter of Divinity icon.png Eul's Scepter of Divinity enhances Lina's positioning even further and greatly boosts her mana-regeneration because of her high base Intelligence and Intelligence gain. It can also be used to set up Light Strike Array fairly reliably.


  • Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter roughly boosts Lina's Laguna Blade damage by another ability point, increases her survivability because of the increase to her attributes, and lets her damage stay relevant even against Black King Bar users in the mid or late game.
  • Drum of Endurance icon.png Drum of Endurance is a natural upgrade from the Bracer icon.png Bracer she could pick up in the early game. It slightly improves her own positioning and all attributes for relatively low cost and also benefits her team.
  • Shadow Blade icon.png Shadow Blade can be useful for a carry Lina, as it helps her to cast Light Strike Array while invisible, and also provides her with an escape mechanism.
  • Scythe of Vyse icon.png Scythe of Vyse gives her team an important disable that also helps to ensure she lands Light Strike Array. Furthermore, its attribute bonuses will make her a bit more survivable and drastically improve her mana regeneration.
  • Bloodstone icon.png Bloodstone can solve Lina's mana issues while also improving her low HP pool. With enough charges, she can keep up her full stacks of Fiery Soul without having to worry about being out of mana during the next team fight.
  • Crystalys icon.png Crystalys provides a good damage boost when playing as a semi-carry Lina.
  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar is sometimes picked up when Lina is carrying, especially against teams with many disables.
  • Shiva's Guard icon.png Shiva's Guard both helps with Lina's mana regeneration problems as well as her low armor value while also benefiting her team with Shiva's Guard's aura and active ability.
  • Rod of Atos icon.png Rod of Atos provides Lina with a larger mana pool that becomes more important as teamfights expand and Laguna Blade becomes more mana-intensive, as well as a significant boost to her low HP pool. Its active effect can also greatly assist in landing her stun, and has a low enough cooldown to do so almost as soon as Light Strike Array comes off cooldown again.
  • Flying Courier (Radiant) icon.png Flying Courier is a staple item choice for any support hero that wants to ensure their team members can get their items as quickly as possible.
  • Octarine Core icon.png Octarine Core's lifesteal gives more survival potential in teamfights. Also, it gives a huge intelligence boost, as well as a greater ability to spam spells.
  • Aether Lens icon.png Aether Lens provides a decent boost to Lina's damage, and makes it significantly easier to land her abilities.
  • Ethereal Blade icon.png Ethereal Blade is a decent luxury item if the farm is available. It allows Lina to amplify her magical nukes, and slows enemies to help her land them. Using the active on herself is also a good escape mechanism against late game carries.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Audio[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The original Lina Inverse "The Slayer" was modeled after the main character from the novels/anime/manga Slayers where Light Strike Array icon.png Light Strike Array​, Dragon Slave icon.png Dragon Slave​ and Laguna Blade icon.png Laguna Blade​ are all spells used by the original Lina Inverse.[1]
  • Lina's line Play "Better to burn out than fade away" is a reference to the Neil Young song, My, My, Hey, Hey.
  • The line Play "Turn me over... I'm done." is a reference to Lawrence of Rome who was roasted alive on a giant grill and joked, "Turn me over — I'm done on this side."
  • Lina's rival response towards Batrider icon.png BatriderPlay "Why'd you stop? This isn't Batrider country." is a reference to a line in the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.[2]
  • In older versions of DotA, Lina was a male hero that used the Blood Mage model, also used by the Invoker. In these versions, Lina was known as Link Inverse.
  • Lina's line Play "It's not the heat, it's the humiliation." is a reference to "It's not the heat, it's the humidity." used in tropical countries where humid weather causes people to sweat heavily although the temperature is not very warm.
  • Lina's coils around her neck are possibly a representation of Kayan Lahwi women in Myanmar, who are also referred to as "dragon women".

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Slayers - Wikipedia
  2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas quotes